MIGRATORY GAME BIRD SEASONS 2023-2024

SHOOTING HOURS:

1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset for all species except woodcock and the September teal season which is sunrise to sunset.

Seasons

2023-2024 North Zone Central Zone South Zone
Youth Waterfowl Sept. 23-24, 2023 Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2023 Oct. 7-8, 2023
Ducks, Mergansers & Coots Sep. 30 - Oct. 6 Oct. 14 - Dec. 5 Oct. 7 - Oct. 13 Oct. 21 - Dec. 12 Oct. 14 - Oct. 20 Oct. 28 - Dec. 19
Dark Geese & Light Geese Sep. 23 - Oct. 8 Oct. 14 - Dec. 5 Dec. 16 - Jan. 13, 2024 Sep. 30 - Oct. 15 Oct. 21 - Dec. 12 Dec. 23 - Jan. 20, 2024 Oct. 7 - Oct. 22 Oct. 28 - Dec. 19 Dec. 30 - Jan. 27, 2024

BAG LIMITS:

  • TEAL SEASON: Daily limit 6; blue-wing, green-wing & cinnamon teal only
  • DUCKS: Daily limit 6; no more than 4 mallards (2 female), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 1 pintail, 2 black ducks & 2 canvasbacks. Scaup bag limit: 1 for first 15 days of the season, 2 for remaining 45 days.
  • MERGANSERS: Daily limit 5; no more than 2 hooded mergansers.
  • DARK GEESE: The daily bag limit for Canada geese, white-fronted geese, brant, and any other geese that are not light geese is 5 and may include no more than 2 Canada geese during the first segment of the statewide season and no more than 3 Canada geese beginning with the second segment of the statewide season until the end of the season.
  • LIGHT GEESE: The daily bag limit for white and blue-phase snow geese and Ross’ geese is 20.
  • DOVES: Daily limit 15
  • WOODCOCK: Daily limit 3
  • SNIPE: Daily limit 8
  • RAILS: Daily limit 12
  • COOTS: Daily limit 15

POSSESSION LIMITS

3 times the daily limit. Exception: light geese have no possession limit.

Special September Teal

  • Sept 1 - 16 | Daily limit is 6

Doves (Mourning & Eurasian Collared)

  • Sept 1 - Nov 29 | Daily limit is 15

Snipe

  • Sept 3 - Nov 30 | Daily limit is 8

Rail (Sora & Virginia)

  • Sept. 2 - Nov. 10 | Daily limit is 12

Woodcock

  • Oct. 7 - Nov. 20 | Daily limit is 3

METRO CANADA GOOSE SEASONS

Only in designated areas around Des Moines, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, and Cedar Falls/Waterloo. Special regulations apply. See Special September Canada Goose Season maps at select license agents in hunt zones and online at Iowa DNR - Hunting

2023-2024 Season Limit
Canada Geese Sept. 9-17 Daily limit is 5

LIGHT GEESE CONSERVATION ORDER

  • White & blue phase snow geese & Ross’ geese | Jan. 28-May 1, 2024

POSSESSION LIMITS:

Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit for all migratory birds, except light geese for which there is no possession limit.

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